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Thursday, July 04, 2013

On average, a household spends about $300 on water heating a year. Thankfully, there are some water heating tips and techniques that you can apply to start saving money in this area.

Use Low-Flow Showerheads

Not surprisingly, hot showers are among the biggest users of water heating, but installing low-flow showerheads can make an impact. There are two types of low-flow showerheads: aerating and laminar-flow. Aerating showerheads combine air and water to create more of a mist, while laminar-flow heads create individual streams. These two types of low-flow showerheads produce flows of less that 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm). Federal regulations require that new showerhead flow rates cannot exceed 2.5 gpm. To determine if your showerhead produces more than this rate, follow the instructions listed in Energy.gov.

Lower the Temperature on the Water Heater Thermostat

Aside from using less water, another tip for controlling energy costs is turning down the temperature setting on your water heater thermostat. This will help you save about 9 percent of your bill. A lot of households have their thermostat set to over 120 degrees. By adjusting it to below 120 degrees, your water heater will use less energy. Plus, this is free and easy to do. For more information on where to find the thermostat, visit the energy saving tips section of Peoples Gas.

Replace Appliances with Energy Efficient Models

It costs a lot to operate a dishwasher or washing machine. By replacing your old appliances with new units that are energy efficient, you are conserving energy, as long as you wait to wash until you have a full load. Check the EnergyGuide label on the appliance to see how much energy it uses. To learn how to read the EnergyGuide label, visit the appliance section of Energy.gov.

These water heating tips will save you money on your energy bill. For more comprehensive advice on water heating or home comfort, please contact us at Comfort24-7.

 

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